Hurricane Rosa to bring flooding rains to southwest US

Hurricane Rosa upgraded to category 4 - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station

Hurricane Rosa upgraded to category 4 - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station

Hurricane Rosa weakened slightly off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Friday and is expected to increase surf and rip currents along the Southern California coast this weekend.

"On the forecast track, the center of Rosa will approach the central and northern Baja California peninsula on Monday", the NHC said.

In Los Angeles and Orange counties, surf could build up to eight feet high by late Saturday, and up to 10 feet Sunday and Monday on south-facing beaches.

Rosa had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) Sunday evening and was centered about 235 miles (380 kilometers) southwest of Punta Eugenia in Mexico.

Hurricane Rosa, which will downgrade to a tropical storm, is expected to bring inches of rain the the desert southwest but looks like Sunday will have some storms too. The potentially risky conditions are expected to last through Monday.

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"The big concern is the moisture and how much rainfall we're going to get", said Andrew Deemer, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for southeastern California, Nevada and northwest Arizona starting Monday afternoon through Tuesday night.

Forecasters say Rosa has already started to weaken as it curls north off Baja California.

Hurricane Rosa, in the eastern Pacific, on Thursday night was upgraded to a major category 4 hurricane with 125 miles per hour sustained winds.

Cerveny said it's rare for tropical cyclones to hit Arizona and that they can be "drought busters".

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